Thursday, December 17, 2020

High School Winter Sports To Stay In Confines Of County

If winter sports occur in the new year, it will be a "county family affair", as Hanover County Public Schools announced late Wednesday that all activities should resume on Monday, January 4th, but any games or meets involving winter sports teams (basketball, gymnastics, swimming, wrestling, indoor track and field) would be limited to competition against fellow Hanover County high schools.

Middle school winter sports have been canceled.

Conditioning, practices and other activities which were suspended earlier this month will be able to proceed on January 4th, the first day of classes after the conclusion of winter break.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

ODAC Releases Football Schedule For Spring

 Friday night games, four-game schedules, with a fifth week scheduled to determine an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Champion. The Randolph-Macon football schedule was released on Wednesday, seeing the Yellow Jackets beginning the abbreviated season at home, ending regular season play with the trip to Farmville originally planned for last month. 

Game start times will be announced at a later date.


FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26: Guilford at Randolph-Macon

FRIDAY MARCH 5: Bridgewater at Randolph-Macon


FRIDAY MARCH 19: Randolph-Macon at Shenandoah

SATURDAY MARCH 27: Randolph-Macon at Hampden-Sydney

On Friday April 2nd, the conference will host four "end of season" games, pitting the #7 and #8 seeds, the #5 and #6 seeds, the #3 and #4 seeds, and the top two seeds squaring off in an ODAC Championship Game. Sites and times are to be determined.

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

NEWS: County Sees "Community Spread" As "Very Concerning"

 In a release Tuesday from Hanover County Public Schools, division superintendent Dr. Michael Gill discusses the sweeping increase in COVID-19 cases and spread in the area, mirrored across the country, and addresses the possibility of in-person learning being affected. 

Dr. Gill's full message is below.

In addition, all county sports/activities are still on "pause" pending a December 18th decision on the future of a winter sports season.


"I am writing today with an important message regarding COVID-19 and our ability to keep our schools open and maintain our face-to-face learning option.

As I shared with you recently, we are seeing a noticeable increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in our county and in our schools, particularly at some of our middle and high schools.  The data continues to indicate that many of these cases are a result of community spread, and the uptick in positive cases remains very concerning.  Additionally, the number of individuals required to quarantine after being identified as a close contact of a COVID-positive person is increasing.  This impacts our educators as they continue to offer instruction both face-to-face and virtually simultaneously. 

The increase in COVID-19 cases in the school division is starting to interfere with our capacity to continue providing in-person instruction due to staffing concerns.  More specifically, employees who are unable to work remotely, such as bus drivers, custodial staff, and food services workers, are critical to fulfilling our daily mission.  Their absence, due to illness or quarantining, causes significant strain on our ability to sustain in-person operations. 

To be frank, we need your help to keep our schools open, especially as we enter flu season and the holidays.  On our current path, the option of face-to-face learning — one we are immensely proud to offer — is at increased risk of being suspended.  

Keeping our school buildings open depends on our collective effort.  Let’s all do our part to stop the spread so that we may continue to offer our face-to-face instruction option without interruption.  Let’s continue to show that we are Stronger Together. Thank you."